John Juan was born John Lawrence Mattson in Hong Kong, lived in Japan and
Baltimore as a child, finally settling in San Diego, CA. He is a multi-
instrumentalist with a BA in English Literature from UCLA. Having modest
success as an HVAC contractor, he still feels as if pushing against the world. He
decides to redirect and become a more active instrument of whats around him.
Some how he finds John Juan in the tide and begins to drift with him. Or does
John Juan find John him?
Online description of the album, draft ( & other possible stuff for bio):
Pounding acoustics support narrative driven songs. Dobro, ukulele, trumpet, piano
and banjolele, help blend a genre mixing sound.
Triggered by lack of sleep, the narrator finds John Juan. Old instruments found
along the way channel a brief recollection of a vast eternity.
John Juan and Jean Claude are brothers. Jean Claude sings songs live too, and will
have some excellent numbers on our next records. John Juan’s real name is John
Mattson and Jean Claude’s real name is Jesse Mardian. They are actually brothers
in-law. Being the core of the band, they will often play shows just as a 2-piece.
Angel Roche-drums/ percussion (Grammy winner with Ziggy Marley on a live
record) and Erik Klerk-bass (Magic Band, featuring OG members of Captain
Beefheart) are our principle rhythm section. Angel also produced the record, along
with his wife Zoe Poledouris.
Keyboardist are in and out the picture live.